Results for tag: Buck Showalter
Posted by: Jack Curry on May 10, 2011 at 12:49:28 PM

Nine days ago, Derek Jeter was hitting .250. He had 23 hits in his first 92 at-bats, about half of them infield hits. As Jeter got ready for a Sunday game with the Blue Jays, I asked him a few questions by his locker. I was curious to know if Jeter felt better about his much-dissected swing, if he had made any adjustments, and how quickly he expected that .250 beside his name to turn into a thicker number.

When I mentioned Jeter’s career average of .314 during one of my questions, Jeter offered an interesting response. He didn’t answer the question. Instead, he honed in on the shiny statistic that I had cited and supplied his perspective.

"If I go 4-for-4 in the next two games, I’ll be there,” Jeter said. He was basically correct; if he went 8-for-8, he would

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:47:51 AM

The first time I introduced myself to Buck Showalter, he was reading a baseball publication. I don’t remember which one. Maybe it was Baseball America. But that’s irrelevant. What is relevant is that Showalter was immersed in baseball from the moment we first shook hands in 1991. He still is.

Showalter’s latest baseball immersion involves trying to transform the once-proud Baltimore Orioles into a proud franchise again. The Orioles haven’t had a winning season since 1997 and the fans that used to make Camden Yards one of the premier places to watch a game don’t flock there as readily anymore. It’s a challenging chore, which means Showalter is perfect for the manager’s job.

When the Yankees oppose the Orioles on Friday night, the most observant person

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 29, 2010 at 01:58:07 PM

The question about the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays was simple enough. Since those teams are separated by one-half game in the American League East, and have been within two-and-a-half games of each other for the last nine weeks, I asked Buck Showalter to assess how evenly matched they are.

Showalter has been managing the improved Orioles for two months and he has been studying the Yankees and the Rays for a lot longer than that. When we spoke on Tuesday, his Orioles were a few hours away from opposing the Rays at the Tropicana Dome. But Showalter’s answer started with praise for the Yankees.

“I wouldn’t underestimate the Yankees,” Showalter said. “I know they’ve been leaking all over lately, but I wouldn’t focus on that. They know where the finish